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Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Portrait of Chicasei Goyô (Wu Yong) (1827–1830).jpg

An 1830 painting of Wu Yong, a fictional Chinese priest-astronomer. The illustration includes valuable depictions of contemporary astronomical instruments.

"Along the River During Qingming Festival"

Panorama of Along the River During Qingming Festival, an 18th century remake of the 12th century original

A 1736 remake of Zhang Zeduan's twelfth century cityscape scroll "Along the River During Qingming Festival" in ink and colors on silk. Created by five Qing dynasty court painters, this is one of many versions of the original scroll. It depicts over 4000 people from all levels of society and as an artistic piece has been revered throughout history. The painting is famous because of its geometrically accurate images of boats, bridges, shops, and scenery which provide much insight into the daily lives of people in the city and its rural outskirts.